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It was known that Google is planning to cut the salary of employees who decide to continue working from home, after the pandemic and before the new possibility of rejoining the physical offices.
Google has been planning the return of its employees to the offices for the month of October, arguing that the culture of face-to-face teamwork should be prioritized.
“Our new job location tool was developed to help employees make informed decisions about which city or state to work in and what impact it has on pay if they choose to relocate or work remotely.” Assures a spokesperson for the internet company.
Google, to make a valid argument, developed a calculator that allows employees to see the effects of their remote work throughout the pandemic.
On the other hand, for the return to the offices they will now demand from the 130,000 employees around the world that if they want to return to their jobs they must be vaccinated against COVID-19. That is why the new date is for October 18, so it will give time for all employees who have not yet been vaccinated, to do so.
Although Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, explained that of course if there are local regulations, this “obligation” will vary or adapt. Likewise, he made it clear that if the vaccination plan is not irregular in a certain region, it obviously cannot be implemented immediately there.
For the company, it is fair that remote employees have a lower salary adjustment than those who did want to leave their homes, and report to the offices.
Google is not the only one that has raised this possibility, other technology companies such as Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter have proposed new salary structures, and that employees who live in places where the cost of living is less expensive and work from there earn less money .
In this regard, a Google spokesperson said that the company and their “compensation packages have always been determined by location and we always pay above the local market from which the employee works ”.
The job location tool was designed precisely so that employees can decide on the city in which they want to work and “the impact it has on pay if they choose to relocate or work remotely.”
According to some employees, salary cuts range between 5%, 10% and up to 15% if they decide to stay working remotely. Google was one of the first large companies to promote telecommuting at the beginning of the pandemic.
Due to the new demand of the company for employees to be vaccinated, the return to the offices had a delay, and now it may even be on “stand by”, currently in the United States the pandemic has had a setback.